Ensemble Auditions

This page contains information pertinent to the following ensembles:

CHORAL

OPERA

STRINGS
BRASS, WOODWIND, and PERCUSSION

JAZZ

 

CHORAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

If you enjoy singing, we hope you will join one of our choirs this fall. All students (no matter their major), are welcome in any of our choirs. We have choirs appropriate for all experience levels, from people who have sung in choir for many years, to people who would like to join a choir for the first time. 

For Fall 2020, auditions for the choral ensembles will take place over Zoom. There are three steps to the audition.

STEP 1

Please record yourself singing a solo song. This can be absolutely anything that you like, accompanied or unaccompanied, and whatever genre you are comfortable singing in. We just want to hear what you sound like when you sing. 

 

STEP 2

Please upload your solo to a YouTube account, and then send the link to your solo audition via email to both Dr. Sharon J. Paul and Dr. Melissa Brunkan. Please be sure to have your privacy settings so that we will be permitted to view your recording. WE should receive your email at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled online interview so we will have time to listen to it. 

 

STEP 3

Please go to this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4AAFAE2BA7FA7-choir to sign up for an online interview. At this interview we will not ask you to sing again. We are interested in speaking with you about your previous choir experience and what you are looking for here at the UO. This interview will help us assess which choir will be the best placement for you.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Paul or Dr Brunkan at the emails listed above. 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OPERA ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

The University Opera Ensemble is open to all members of the university community by audition only. For Fall 2020, auditions for the UO Opera Ensemble will take place with pre-recorded videos.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE THEIR STUDIO TEACHER'S PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE!

 

 

PLANNED REPERTOIRE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21

January/February 2021 - Alcina by Handel

April/May 2021- A Little Night Music by Sondheim

 

Alcina Roles

  • Alcina, a sorceress - soprano
  • Ruggiero, a knight, bewitched by Alcina - mezzo
  • Morgana, Alcina’s sister- soprano
  • Bradamante, Ruggiero’s fiancée, disguised as her brother, the knight Riccardo - contralto
  • Oronte, Morgana’s lover - tenor
  • Melisso, former tutor of Ruggiero - bass / baritone
  • Oberto, a young boy searching for his father - soprano

A Little Night Music Roles

  • Fredrik Egerman - Baritone: A successful, middle-aged lawyer. He is married to 18-year-old Anne and has one son from his previous marriage, Henrik. In the past, he and Desiree were lovers. A2–E4
  • Anne Egerman - Soprano: Fredrik's new, naive wife, who is still a virgin after 11 months of marriage… G♯3–A5
  • Henrik Egerman - Tenor: Fredrik's 20 year old son. He is serious but confused; he reads the works of philosophers and theologians, studying for the Lutheran priesthood. He is obsessed with Anne, who is his step-mother.  G3–B4
  • Petra - Mezzo: Anne's maid and closest confidante, brash, bold and flirtatious. She has relations with Henrik… and anyone else who interests her. F♯3–F5
  • Desiree Armfeldt: Once-successful actress, now touring the countryside in what is clearly not the "glamorous life". Still in love with Fredrik, years after their affair ended. F♯3–A♭4
  • Fredrika Armfeldt - Soprano: Desiree's thirteen-year-old daughter, product (Fredrik is unaware) of the actress's and Fredrik's affair. C4–E♭
  • Madame Armfeldt – Contralto: Desiree's mother, a former courtesan who has had "liaisons" with royalty. C3–F♯4
  • Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm: A military dragoon who is Desiree's latest lover. Hugely possessive when it comes to both his wife and mistress. Comedic role. G2–F♯4
  • Countess Charlotte Malcolm: Carl-Magnus' wife, to whom he flaunts his infidelities. Despite all this, she is hopelessly in love with him. Intelligent and borderline alcoholic.  G3–F5
  • The Quintet: (A group of five singers that act as a Greek chorus. Sometimes referred to as the Liebeslieder Singers
  1. Mrs. Nordstrom – soprano
  2. Mrs. Anderssen - soprano
  3. Mrs. Segstrom - mezzo
  4. Mr. Erlanson, tenor
  5. Mr. Lindquist – Baritone

 

AUDITION PROCESS- THREE STEPS

 

STEP 1

  • Please record yourself singing two pieces: 1) One Opera Aria in Italian, accompanied or unaccompanied. 2) One Musical Theater piece or art song in English.
  • You are welcome to use your phone! Just be sure the recordings are in an appropriate format to upload to YouTube and that I can hear your voice clearly.

 

STEP 2

  • Please upload your pieces to a YouTube account, and then send the link to via email to Dr. Karen Esquivel.
  • Please be sure to have your privacy settings set to enable me to view your recording. Emails with the video links must be received by 5:00pm, Thursday, September 24, to allow enough time to review before the interview.

 

STEP 3

  • Schedule an interview to take place on Friday, September 25 by emailing Anna Frazer and specify if you'd like an in-person interview or an interview over Zoom. In person-interviews will take place in Beall Concert Hall from 1:30-2:30pm. Zoom interviews will take place between 2:50-4:00pm. Interviews are expected to last 10 minutes.
  • At this interview you will not be asked to sing again. Dr. Esquivel will discuss your previous Opera or Music Theater experience, get to know you a bit and answer any questions you might have. You will also fill out an audition form and bring me a headshot, & resume if you have one.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Esquivel at esquivel@uoregon.edu.

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INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

This audition information has been updated as of September 17th, 2020. Videos must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on September 23rd.  Ensembles will be formed from these auditions:

INSTRUMENT LOCATION

Flute

Remote Video Submission

Clarinet

Remote Video Submission

Oboe

Remote Video Submission

Saxophone

Remote Video Submission

Bassoon

Remote Video Submission

Percussion

Remote Video Submission
Trumpet Remote Video Submission
Horn Remote Video Submission
Trombone Remote Video Submission
Euphonium & Tuba Remote Video Submission
Strings Remote Video Submission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRING AUDITIONS

Open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions.

 

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

 

This information has been updated as of September 18, 2020. String auditions have changed to a recorded video format.

 

  • All videos must be recorded in one take, without breaks between each of the excerpts.
  • Please make sure you are shown in the video clearly and the audio quality is as good as possible.
  • Please begin your video by introducing yourself; a simple "Hello, I am [name], and this will be my __ year at UO" would suffice.
  • The audition excerpts could be found here if you require them.
  • Once you have recorded your video, upload them as an unpublished YouTube video. 
  • Complete the following form and past your YouTube link in the space provided: https://forms.gle/hPNaDbVLycKs6RDs8

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – MUSIC MAJORS

Click here for 2020 audition excerpts 

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – NON-MAJORS

  • For UOSO, please prepare the same materials as music majors (see above). Campus Orchestra is available without an audition. More information. 

 

SOME PREPARATION TIPS

  • Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece. Try to hear the entire ensemble in your head and understand the context of the excerpt.

  • Try to play beyond the notes. Of course technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.

  • Although easier said than done, try not to be nervous.  We want you to be successful.

 

QUESTIONS
Dr. David Jacobs. If you have questions about a required prepared work, studio faculty contact information may be found in the SOMD Faculty Pages. General information about the orchestra including audition information is available at uosymphony.com

BRASS, WOODWINDS, and PERCUSSION AUDITIONS

Open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions.
 

Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Saxophone: SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE
Euphonium, Tuba, Horn, Trombone, Flute: SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE
Percussion: SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – MUSIC MAJORS

1. Click here for 2020 audition excerpts

2. Sight-reading: You may be asked to sight-read a piece during your audition.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – NON-MUSIC MAJORS

For Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, please prepare the same material as music majors. Campus Band and Campus Orchestra are available without an audition.

 

ON YOUR AUDITION DAY

1. Bring everything you need for a successful audition.

2. Arrive early (i.e., you may need to fill out some paperwork, check for any last-minute announcements or instructions).


3. Please wear professional dress for audition.


4. Before you enter the room, make sure you complete the audition information sheet located outside your audition room.

 

SOME PREPARATION TIPS

1. Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece. Try to hear the entire ensemble in your head and understand the context of the excerpt.


2. Try to play beyond the notes. Of course technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.


3. Practice sight-reading. Make it fun by reading duets with a partner.


4. Although easier said than done, try not to be nervous.  We want you to be successful.

 

QUESTIONS

Dr. David Jacobs. If you have questions about a required prepared work, studio faculty contact information may be found in the SOMD Faculty Pages.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Big Bands, Combos, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Fall Term - Auditions for the UO jazz ensembles are held during the week PRIOR to the first full week of classes each Fall term.  A single audition is used to place students in Big Bands, Combos, Latin and Guitar ensembles.  Students auditioning for these ensembles in the fall need not re-audition in Winter or Spring terms.

Winter and Spring Terms – Prior to the beginning of both Winter and Spring terms, Open Chair Auditions are announced to fill ensemble vacancies. Open Chair Auditions are held the term before the vacancies occur during Dead Week.

FALL 2020 Auditions for ALL jazz ensembles will be held online for Fall 2020.
SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS ONLINE

WHAT TO PREPARE (All Students)
Each person is asked to submit a video (or recording) of prepared excerpts for your instrument.  Follow the link below to access excerpts and instructions for submitting your audition materials.
Click here for 2020 audition materials

SOME PREPARATION TIPS
1.
 Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts where available. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece.
2. Try to play beyond the notes. Of course technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.

Auditions for jazz ensembles will be held online; this information was updated September 17, 2020:

 

DATE & TIME

INSTRUMENT

LOCATION

Submit by 9/27/20 Jazz Saxophone online
Submit by 9/27/20 Jazz Drum Set online
Submit by 9/27/20

Jazz Trombone

online

Submit by 9/27/20

Jazz Trumpet

online

Submit by 9/27/20

Jazz Piano

online

Submit by 9/27/20 Jazz Bass online
Submit by 9/27/20 Jazz Guitar online

JAZZArts Oregon Combo

The JazzArts Oregon Combo is a small group of student musicians representing the University of Oregon’s Jazz Studies Program in concerts throughout the region.  Ensemble members are chosen annually in a musical, talent based audition prior to the beginning of each school year.  The auditions will be judged by a panel led by the Director of the Jazz Studies Program.

The Herbert T. Merker Scholarship Endowment:

A scholarship fund has generously been established by Herb Merker to support the JazzArts Oregon Combo.  Herbert T. Merker Jazz Combo Scholarship recipients will comprise the group for the duration of their award year with each receiving a scholarship of app. $1000 for the academic year.

Auditions:

Students interested in auditioning for the JazzArts Oregon Combo should must notify Paul Krueger of their intent to do so.  Selection of ensemble members for the JazzArts Oregon Combo will be based upon the online submission of 2020 audition materials.

NOTE: A live audition may be scheduled If needed to make a final decision.

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